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Jon Stewart began last night’s The Daily Show with a bit of breaking news: “It’s so f-ing hot!”
He then proceeded to discuss Operation Fast and Furious. From 2009 to 2011, the federal government sold American guns to Mexican drug lords for what purpose? As Stewart pointed out, this is unclear.
What is clear, however, is that Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to turn over some 80,000 documents. He is citing as grounds that the ATF needs them to wrap other guns for an exciting new prison outreach program called Christmas Guns for Convicts.
Holder was found in contempt of congress. “Crazy when congress finds someone else in contempt,” Stewart said. “It’s like when a dog refuses a banana. You’re like, you like your own balls, and you won’t even eat a banana?!?”
In other Obama news, the president recently attended a G-20 summit in Mexico along with Russian President Vladimir Putin. News networks are all over the awkward body language between the two men, described as “chilly,” “distant,” and “cold.” But as Stewart pointed out, does Putin ever not look icy? Clips from his inauguration – the happiest day of a politician’s life – show Putin looking like his grandmother had just died.
In other news, despite increased attention on preventing bullying these days, it’s important to note the struggles of a group of targets who have not been recognized: heckled politicians. Both Romney and Obama have been stung with serious insults while speaking in public. Stewart highlighted several clips of the tow politicians being lambasted by protesters in the audience. In one clip, a heckler repeatedly screams, “Mitt Romney, you’re a racist!” as the presidential hopeful stood onstage alongside Rudy Giuliani.
Stewart was quick to point out the gradual change in Romney’s expression as he realized what the heckler was saying. Giuliani, on the other hand, just kept on smiling. “ I love how it gradually dawns on Romney, but it never dawns on Giuliani!” Stewart chuckled.
In the final segment of the show, Stewart sat down with former Daily Show correspondent and world-class author Steve Carell to discuss his latest books. “I’ve been gone for awhile, so I’ve had a lot of time on my hands,” Carell said.
HE revealed one of his most recent works, The N Word: Language’s Last Taboo, with a cover showing Carell being muffled by a black hand. “This is a very sensitive topic. I felt compelled to be the one to bring it to the forefront,” Carell said.
Carell also showed off another recently penned title, which featured Stewart’s photo on the cover. The book was entitled Please Stop Hitting On Me: One Man’s Harrowing Experience Working for Late-Night’s Cruelest Boss.
“Maybe I didn’t nurture that talent enough while you were here,” admitted Stewart before showing a clip of Carell’s latest flick, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. “But if the whole book-writing thing doesn’t work out, I suggest you pursue acting. I really see something there.”